Totally Tipperary Food Festival 25th June 2011

Saturday 25th June 2011 | 10.00 – 18.00 | Cloughjordan House, Cloughjordan | €8

A celebration of local food and culture being held within the historic grounds of Cloughjordan House. This innovative and exciting food event is open to everyone. Food producers, food writers, food bloggers and food lovers will be converging to taste the best of what Tipperary has to offer.  RTE’s Ella McSweeney (http://www NULL.rte NULL.html) (Ear to the Ground; Homegrown) and Bobby Kerr (http://www NULL.rte NULL.html) (Dragon’s Den (http://www NULL.rte will be on hand to facilitate debate and discussions, while the Seomra Bia Blog (http://www NULL.irishfoodbloggers will feature cookery demonstrations from both worldwide food bloggers and chefs (including 10 French Michellin-star chefs) as they engage the visitor on how to use the best of local, seasonal, sustainable and fresh foods.

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The Cultivate Tent
Bringing together ideas and people for a brighter rural future.
Talks, Discussions and Music

11.30 Catching the Green Wave
Exploring the potential of green jobs and livelihoods in the county with Ben Whelan from Cultivate’s Green Works programme and representatives from the emerging Tipperary Green Business Network.

12.30 Growing it Ourselves
Sarah Fleming of GIY (Grow It Yourself (http://www NULL.giyireland Ireland will discuss the potential of more people growing more food with former Minister for Food and Horticulture, Trevor Sargent, now of (http://trevorskitchengarden, and Aine Neville of GIY Lucan and Wexford.

13.15 The Business Opportunities of Organic, Artisan and Local Food
Dr. Ollie Moore (agr-food columnist of the Irish Examiner (http://www NULL.irishexaminer hosts a discussion with RTE Dragon Bobby Kerr (http://www NULL.rte NULL.html), Stiofan Nutty (organic business consultant), Ralph Haslam of Mossfield Cheese (http://www NULL.mossfield (maker of the product of the year at the National Organic Awards 2010) and other local food advocates, on the potential of developing new food enterprises and livelihoods in rural Ireland.

14.00 The Raw Milk Discussion
As the government prepare to ban the sale of raw milk, RTE’s Ella McSweeney (http://www NULL.rte NULL.html) leads a discussion on the risks and benefits of raw milk. Joining Ella will be Trevor Sargent, renowned cheese monger Seamus Sheridan (http://www NULL.sheridanscheesemongers, Mimi Pearson from the Cloughjordan Community Farm and others from the food sector.

15.00 The Ecovillage Story
A short presentation on The Village (http://thevillage by Davie Philip and other ecovillage residents followed by a tour of the houses, allotments, solar park and the community farm.

16.00 The Potential of Community Supported Agriculture
Ella McSweeny, RTE, Stan Nangle, Wexford Organic Centre, Tamara MacGinty, CCF, and Pat Malone, CCF discuss the opportunities of farming supported by the community.

17.00 Bubba Shakespeare
A short performance by the rapper from Nenagh Co.Tipperary, who sings in Irish.

18.00 Close … but don’t miss The Asado Party (http://www NULL.cultivate NULL.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1071:asado-party-convergence&catid=88888933:tipperary-convergence&Itemid=88889230) starting at 20.00!

Saturday 25th June 2011 | 20.00 – Late | Cloughjordan House, Cloughjordan | Food and Dance Ticket €20

Argentinian-style BBQ brought to you with 100% Irish and 100% Tipperary produce. Music and Entertainment will be brought to you on the evening by The Boudoir Sessions (Electric Picnic, Body and Soul Festival) who will swing and sway, charm and disarm the crowd with sounds from the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s – boogie woogie, swing, calypso, mento, rockabilly and bluegrass. They will be accompanied for the evening time soirée by Kaledescape, an arts co-operative that will provide a full sensory and interactive experience including Europe’s largest Kaleidoscopes, a giant flower garden and The Invisible Band.